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March 2015

Dear Praying Friends of Bethel,

Thanks be to God - your prayers are being answered:

  • At the February Board of Trustees meeting, the Strategic Coalition conveyed 15 recommendations from the strategic planning process - a process for which you had often prayed! The board responded positively and work is already in progress to implement the recommendations.
  • The search for a Vice President for Student Life has culminated in the appointment of William O. Washington, an experienced and well-respected student development professional, currently serving as the Vice President at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois.
  • Good progress is being made on the construction of the Wellness Center. This much-needed facility is on schedule and on budget.

Your prayers are needed for:

  • Key personnel searches for a Senior Vice President for University Advancement and A Chief Marketing Officer, as well as faculty positions in education and biology.
  • Decisions related to the renovations of Pine Tree Center to accommodate those persons and offices who will be moved from the Bethel Office Center, as well as spaces for other key needs outlined in the Campus Master Plan.
  • Significant health issues among the faculty. Please pray for strength and healing.
  • Students returning to campus following spring break, which ends on March 23. Many were vacationing, at home for some rest and relaxation or participating on spring music tours to Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Washington and Oregon. In addition, spring sports teams have been traveling and competing during spring break and 108 students have participated in mission projects - projects in Appalachia, Belize, Chicago, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, and New Orleans. Safety, health, positive relationships, and spiritual insights are just some of what we hope for each one.
  • Students and their families who are making decisions about enrolling in Bethel for the coming school year. For the College of Arts & Sciences, especially May 1, which is a key marker and deposit date.

Being able to bring these praises and prayer requests to you, who support and pray for Bethel, is a great encouragement to those who study and work at the university. Again, we thank you for your faithfulness.

In Christ,

Judy Moseman and Julie Tutt, Co-coordinators

February 2015

Dear Praying Friends of Bethel,

This is a significant time for Bethel as the work of the Strategic Coalition for which you have been praying is presented to the Board of Trustees at the end of this month. Recommendations from the coalition will be the result of many months of faithful work and prayer. Decisions by the Board will guide Bethel's direction over the next decade.

Please pray...

  • thanking God for the Board of Trustees, women and men who give of their time and their expertise who are gifted and committed to Bethel's mission
  • thanking God for the coalition, a 16-member group of administrators, faculty, staff, and trustees who have devoted themselves to this strategic initiative
  • thanking God for the openness of the process on campus, a process that involved many additional employees in strategic option teams from which substantive recommendations went to the coalition earlier this month, and also provided opportunities for university-wide discussion and feedback through open forums
  • asking God for discernment and wisdom for each person involved in the next steps of decision-making at the board level
  • seeking God's favor and blessing for Bethel's future

You, dear friends, have been informed and invited to pray throughout this significant process for Bethel. The Board of Trustees meetings on February 25 and 26 are of utmost importance. Thank you for staying with us and praying with us.

God bless you all,

Judy Moseman and Julie Tutt, Co-coordinators